RE: Beefing up the Brazilian Amazon; opinion poll

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    Hi, Thanks, I will send out a polex message shortly presenting some of these poll results,

    many thanks, David

    —–Original Message—–

    From: Luiz Carlos de Miranda Joels []

    Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 11:58 PM

    To: ’Kaimowitz, David (CIFOR)’; ’shressp’; CIFOR-Polex Listserve

    Cc: Benoit Mertens (CIRAD)

    Subject: RES: Beefing up the Brazilian Amazon; opinion poll

    Dear Coleagues,

    Please find attached below a text on a public opinion poll conducted in the Brazilian Amazon –

    and in Portuguese – about peopl’s opinion on forest conservation and related subjects. The

    main aspects of the poll:

    – 2049 people were interviewed both in urban and rural areas of 3 Brazilian Amazon states

    – Forest conservation is considered the main priority;

    – 46% considered sustainable of natural resources to be a priority;

    – 59% don’t want more pollution, even if it means more jobs;

    – 69% don’t consider progress more important than conservation; the conscept of sustainable

    development is not well known: only 21 % of the people have heard about it

    More information can be obtained from:

    Another public opinion research “What Brazilians think about the environment”, conducted in

    all Brazilian regions, shows that deforestation is considered the worst environmental problem

    with 49% of the answers, followed by water pollution (29%) and air pollution (15%). More about

    it at

    Talkink from my extensive personal experience in the Amazon, I believe that there is a small

    bias, just a small one, in the Amazonian poll, as people tend to say what they think the

    interviewer wants to hear. The item on jobs is the one that I find tricky.

    For those who can’t read Portuguese and are interested in knowing more about specific

    subjects, I can try to help.


    Luiz Carlos de Miranda Joels

    Gerente de Programa

    Ciência e Tecnologia para a Gestão de Ecossistemas

    Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia

    Esplanada dos Ministérios, bloco E, sala 256

    Brasília DF 70067-900

    tel: (61) 317-7401

    fax: (61) 226-0834

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